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2000 DTM Season
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The first Champion of the new DTM: Bernd Schneider
Season Information
Number of Rounds 9
First Round Hockenheim
Last Round DTM Season Finale
Manufacturers Audi
Mercedes AMG
Opel
Tyre Supplier(s) Dunlop
DTM Championship
Champion Second Third
Flag of Germany Bernd Schneider Flag of Germany Manuel Reuter Flag of Germany Klaus Ludwig
221 Pt(s) 162 Pt(s) 122 Pt(s)
Teams' Championship
Champion Second Third
Flag of Germany HWA I Flag of Germany Opel Team Phoenix Flag of Germany HWA II
273 Pt(s) 249 Pt(s) 238 Pt(s)
Brand Championship
Champion Second Third
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unknown Pt(s) unknown Pt(s) unknown Pt(s)
Season Guide
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2001
The 2000 DTM Season was the first edition of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Championship, after the cancellation of the original series in 1996. The season would see factory efforts from Mercedes-Benz and Opel, while Abt Sportsline would run Audi TT-Rs, with semi-backing from the Ingolstadt squad.

The return of the DTM in 2000 saw several of its former stars return, including final Champion Bernd Schneider, who would drive the #1 car for the year. Klaus Ludwig was another veteran to return, among a number of drivers from Mercedes recently defunct Le Mans programme. Opel and Abt would also bring a mixture of youth and experience, with Abt only fielding four cars, compared to sixteen between the other two.

Nine rounds were scheduled for the Series' return, featuring two 40 minute long races each weekend. Yet, the calendar would take a knock when the round at the Lausitzring was cancelled due to heavy rain.[1] Ultimately, the sixteen race season provided plenty of action for fans, as the DTM retained its high-tech stance on a significantly lower budget.

Yet, the last of the old Champions would also be the first of the new, as Schneider took six victories on his way to the title. Manuel Reuter claimed second having taken four wins through the mid-season, while Ludwig finished third with two wins to his name. Schneider's team, HWA I, would take victory in the Teams' Championship, as Mercedes and Opel shared eight race wins between them.

BackgroundEdit

CalendarEdit

The first calendar of the new DTM would begin a tradition for the Championship, with Hockenheim bookending the season. The 2000 edition was also the only season to feature every race in Germany, with visits to Oschersleben, the Nürburgring, Norsring, Sachsenring and the Lausitzring. The eighteen scheduled races would be held over nine weekends, from the 28th of May to the 29th of October.

The full 2000 Championship calendar is displayed below:

2000 DTM Season Calendar
Round Circuit Date Report
First Day Last Day
I Flag of Germany Hockenheimring 26th May 2000 28th May 2000 Report
II Flag of Germany Oschersleben 16th June 2000 18th June 2000 Report
III Flag of Germany Norisring 7th July 2000 19th June 2000 Report
IV Flag of Germany Sachsenring 4th August 2000 6th August 2000 Report
V Flag of Germany Nürburgring 18th August 2000 20th August 2000 Report
VI Flag of Germany Lausitzring 1st September 2000 3rd September 2000 Report
VII Flag of Germany Oschersleben 22nd September 2000 24th September 2000 Report
VIII Flag of Germany Nürburgring 6th October 2000 8th October 2000 Report
IX Flag of Germany Hockenheimring 27th October 2000 29th October 2000 Report

RegulationsEdit

2000 saw the Championship's regulations restricted to a certain degree, although Mercedes used their Le Mans experience to develop their machine. Opel opted to enter cars based on their German Super Touring Car Championship, while Abt developed the Audi TT-R on their own initiative. Yet, the cars were all made to run V8 engines, with power restricted through air restrictors, a principle used in every DTM season.

TechnicalEdit

SportingEdit

The new Championship saw the use of a new scoring system, with 20 points awarded to the winner of each race. Second would receive 15, third 12 and fourth ten with the following drivers given 8, 6, 4, 3, 2, and 1 respectively. The final point would be awarded to the driver who finished tenth, with no variation of point scores in either race of the weekend.

2000 DTM Championship Points
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
20 15 12 10 8 6 4 3 2 1

Pole position and fastest lap were recognised achievements during the season, although they would not be awarded points unlike other series at the time.

Season ReportEdit

The DTM returned in 2000 to little fan fare, although intrigue did build as people questioned whether the new series could return the heights of the late 1980s. The organisers had opted to keep the Championship limited to German circuits, and went to great lengths to ensure fan favourite the Norisring was kept on the calendar.

Pre-SeasonEdit

Round I: HockenheimEdit

The reborn DTM would start at the legendary Hockenheimring, using the national length circuit rather than the blast through the trees.

Race OneEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2000 Hockenehim I article.


Race TwoEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2000 Hockenheim I article.


Round II: OscherslebenEdit

Germany's third pernament race circuit, the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben would host two races in mid-June, although a clash with the 24 Hours of Le Mans meant that several drivers were absent

Race ThreeEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2000 Oschersleben I article.

Race FourEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2000 Oschersleben I article.

Round III: NorisringEdit

Fan favourtie the Norisring returned in 2000, and would see the drivers battle around the city of Nuremburg as the Le Mans drivers returned

Race FiveEdit

For the full race report, head to the Norisring 2000 article.

Race SixEdit

For the full race report, head to the Norisring 2000 article.

Round IV: SachsenringEdit

The DTM returned to another old stomping ground at the start of August, as the Sachsenring played host after a month long break in the action

Race SevenEdit

For the full race report, head to the Sachsenring 2000 article.

Race EightEdit

For the full race report, head to the Sachsenring 2000 article.

Round V: NürburgringEdit

The Championship's first visit to the Nürburgring would happen in mid-August.

Race NineEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2000 Nürburgring I article.

Race TenEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2000 Nürburgring I article.

Round VI: LausitzringEdit

Round six, and races eleven and twelve of the season, were to be hosted at the Lausitzring, although fate would have a say on the matter.

CancellationEdit

Round VII: OscherslebenEdit

The Championship returned to Oschersleben on the penultimate weekend of September, signalling the start of the final crescendo to the first season.

Race ElevenEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2000 Oschersleben II article.

Race TwelveEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2000 Oschersleben II article.

Round VIII: NürburgringEdit

Another return to an earlier venue for the penultimate round of the season, as the Nürburgring's short circuit played host once again at the start of October.

Race ThirteenEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2000 Nürburgring II article.

Race FourteenEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2000 Nürburgring II article.

Round IX: DTM Season FinaleEdit

The season finale was to be hosted in Hockenheim, with the DTM Champion to be declared, and crowned, after the second race of the weekend.

Race FifteenEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2000 Hockenheim II article.

Race SixteenEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2000 Hockenheim II article.

EntriesEdit

Twenty entries were available for the return of the DTM in 2000, with eight each at Mercedes-Benz and Opel, and the remaining four with Abt-Audi. Opel and Mercedes mixed drivers (and Champions) from the original DTM with several new comers, while Abt-Audi employed a group of Audi factory drivers mainly employed in Audi's Le Mans programme.

The full 2000 entry list is shown below:

2000 DTM Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Nat. Name Abbr. Rnds.
Flag of Germany HWA I
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2000
1 Flag of Germany Bernd Schneider BSC All
2 Flag of Germany Thomas Jäger JAE All
Flag of Germany Opel Team Holzer I
Opel Astra V8 Coupé DTM
3 Flag of Germany Uwe Alzen ALZ All
4 Flag of Germany Joachim Winkelhock WIN All
Flag of Germany HWA II
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2000
5 Flag of Germany Klaus Ludwig LUD All
6 Flag of Switzerland Marcel Fässler FAS All
Flag of Germany Opel Team Phoenix
Opel Astra V8 Coupé DTM
7 Flag of Germany Manuel Reuter REU All
8 Flag of Germany Michael Bartels BAR All
Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline I
Abt-Audi TT-R 2000
9 Flag of France Laurent Aïello AIE 1, 3-10
10 Flag of Germany Christian Abt ABT 1, 3-10
23 Flag of Germany Roland Asch ASC 2
Flag of Germany Opel Team Holzer II
Opel Astra V8 Coupé DTM
11 Flag of France Éric Hélary HEL All
17 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider TSC All
Flag of Germany Opel Team Irmscher
Opel Astra V8 Coupé DTM
12 Flag of Germany Christian Menzel MEN All
Flag of Germany Team Rosberg
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2000
14 Flag of Portugal Pedro Lamy* LAM All
15 Flag of Britain Darren Turner* TUR All
Flag of Germany Euroteam
Opel Astra V8 Coupé DTM
16 Flag of Italy Stefano Modena MOD All
Flag of Germany Persson Motorsport
AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2000
18 Flag of Germany Marcel Tiemann TIE All
19 Flag of Britain Peter Dumbreck DUM All
Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline II
Abt-Audi TT-R 2000
20 Flag of Denmark Kris Nissen NIS All
21 Flag of Britain James Thompson THO 2, 5-10
  • * Lamy and Turner used #24 and #42 respectively after round two.

CoverageEdit

Final StandingsEdit

2000 saw two titles on offer, one for drivers and one for teams. The driver's would compete for the DTM Championship, awarded with a trophy at the season finale, while the Teams' would be offered prize money based on their finishing position. There would be no prize on offer for the three manufacturers, with Mercedes-Benz, Opel and Abt-Audi content not to pursue a third title.

DTM ChampionshipEdit

The first season of the new DTM saw the last Champion become the new, as Bernd Schneider swept to six race victories, winning the season opener and never looking back. Manuel Reuter claimed second as the first of the Opel drivers, while Klaus Ludwig claimed third. Abt-Audi saw their best driver in the form of Laurent Aïello down in sixteenth.

The full results from the 2000 DTM Championship are outlined below:

2000 DTM Championship
Pos Driver Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Pts
1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2
1st BSC 1st 1st 3rd 12th 4th 1st 3rd 3rd 1st 1st C C 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 2nd NC 221
2nd REU 3rd 13th 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 13th 11th 5th 5th C C 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 16th Ret 162
3rd LUD 9th 9th 8th 11th 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd C C 6th 3rd 12th Ret Ret 11th 122
4th FAS 2nd 2nd 9th 3rd 13th 7th 10th 4th 3rd 3rd C C NC 12th 4th 2nd 5th Ret 116
5th WIN 10th 6th 2nd 2nd 1st 4th Ret 10th 9th 19th C C NC Ret 5th 5th 3rd 2nd 113
6th ALZ Ret DNS Ret 9th 8th 6th Ret Ret 10th 13th C C 1st 4th 3rd 6th 1st 1st 100
7th BAR 8th 3rd 18th Ret 5th 5th 6th 6th 14th 10th C C 7th 5th 6th 8th 4th 3rd 87
8th DUM 5th 5th 11th 5th 14th 9th 2nd 2nd 6th 12th C C NC 6th 10th 9th 7th Ret 75
9th HEL Ret 7th 4th 10th 15th 15th 4th 16th 8th 7th C C 4th 10th 14th Ret 6th 7th 53
10th TIE 6th 12th 10th 6th 6th Ret 5th 5th 13th 6th C C NC 7th 18th 12th 15th 5th 53
11th JAE 7th 14th 6th 4th 7th 13th NC 9th 7th 17th C C DNS 8th 7th 3rd 12th 8th 52
12th TSC 4th 4th 5th 7th 12th 11th 7th 7th 16th 11th C C 8th 9th 11th 16th 11th Ret 45
13th LAM 11th Ret 7th 8th 9th 8th NC 12th 4th 4th C C DNS DNS 8th 13th 8th 10th 39
14th TUR 12th 8th 13th Ret 11th 12th 8th 8th 15th 8th C C DNS DNS 13th 11th 10th 6th 19
15th MOD 13th 10th 12th Ret 10th 10th 14th Ret 19th 15th C C Ret DNS Ret DNS 9th 4th 15
16th AIE 15th DNS Ret DNS 12th 14th 11th 14th C C 5th 11th 9th 7th Ret DNS 14
17th MEN 14th 11th 14th Ret 16th Ret 9th 13th 17th 9th C C Ret Ret 17th 10th Ret DNS 5
18th THO 17th DNS 12th 16th C C 9th Ret 15th Ret 13th 9th 4
19th ABT Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret DNS 18th 18th C C 10th Ret 19th 14th Ret Ret 1
20th NIS 16th Ret 16th 13th Ret 14th 11th 15th Ret Ret C C 11th Ret 16th 15th 14th Ret 0
21st ASC 15th Ret C C 0

Teams' ChampionshipEdit

The final standings for the 2000 Teams' Championship are outlined below:

2000 DTM Championship
Pos. Team Driver Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Pts
1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2
1st HWA I BSC 1st 1st 3rd 12th 4th 1st 3rd 3rd 1st 1st C C 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 2nd NC 273
JAE 7th 14th 6th 4th 7th 13th NC 9th 7th 17th C C DNS 8th 7th 3rd 12th 8th
2nd O TP REU 3rd 13th 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 13th 11th 5th 5th C C 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 16th Ret 249
BAR 8th 3rd 18th Ret 5th 5th 6th 6th 14th 10th C C 7th 5th 6th 8th 4th 3rd
3rd HWA II LUD 9th 9th 8th 11th 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd C C 6th 3rd 12th Ret Ret 11th 238
FAS 2nd 2nd 9th 3rd 13th 7th 10th 4th 3rd 3rd C C NC 12th 4th 2nd 5th Ret
4th TH I ALZ Ret DNS Ret 9th 8th 6th Ret Ret 10th 13th C C 1st 4th 3rd 6th 1st 1st 213
WIN 10th 6th 2nd 2nd 1st 4th Ret 10th 9th 19th C C NC Ret 5th 5th 3rd 2nd
5th PM TIE 6th 12th 10th 6th 6th Ret 5th 5th 13th 6th C C NC 7th 18th 12th 15th 5th 128
DUM 5th 5th 11th 5th 14th 9th 2nd 2nd 6th 12th C C NC 6th 10th 9th 7th Ret
6th TH II HEL Ret 7th 4th 10th 15th 15th 4th 16th 8th 7th C C 4th 10th 14th Ret 6th 7th 98
TSC 4th 4th 5th 7th 12th 11th 7th 7th 16th 11th C C 8th 9th 11th 16th 11th Ret
7th TR LAM 11th Ret 7th 8th 9th 8th NC 12th 4th 4th C C DNS DNS 8th 13th 8th 10th 58
TUR 12th 8th 13th Ret 11th 12th 8th 8th 15th 8th C C DNS DNS 13th 11th 10th 6th
8th OE MOD 13th 10th 12th Ret 10th 10th 14th Ret 19th 15th C C Ret DNS Ret DNS 9th 4th 15
9th AS I AIE 15th DNS Ret DNS 12th 14th 11th 14th C C 5th 11th 9th 7th Ret DNS 15
ABT Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret DNS 18th 18th C C 10th Ret 19th 14th Ret Ret
ASC 15th Ret C C
10th O TI MEN 14th 11th 14th Ret 16th Ret 9th 13th 17th 9th C C Ret Ret 17th 10th Ret DNS 5
7th AS II NIS 16th Ret 16th 13th Ret 14th 11th 15th Ret Ret C C 11th Ret 16th 15th 14th Ret 4
THO 17th DNS 12th 16th C C 9th Ret 15th Ret 13th 9th

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 'Highlights from 2000 to 2004', lausitzring.de, (ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg, 2014), http://www.lausitzring.de/besucherportal/unternehmen/geschichte/2000-2004.html, (Accessed 18/02/2016)

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